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Tue March 10 th 2020
12:00PM - 8:00PM

John Marshall Elementary School


Students Without Seat

Over the Next 5 Years

The Referendum Plans For


John Marshall Elementary School’s current student enrollment exceeds the state recommended operational capacity by over 100 students. Overcrowding will be alleviated for John Marshall Elementary School through the referendum. Expanding our school district’s elementary buildings could offer full-day kindergarten to our town and the new additions would eliminate the need for the 2 double trailers that currently house 4 classrooms.

John Marshall Elementary School has a current District Practice Operational Capacity of 743 including its four trailer classrooms. Its enrollment forecast is 826 students, which results in a capacity gap of 83 students plus 43 trailer students. The new rooms shall increase the District Practice capacity to accommodate the capacity gap and improve operations.

  • A new canopy and revised front entrance will add more security.
  • Special education and related services take place in the hallway.
  • The instruments are stored in the cafeteria.
  • Foreign language, art, and music classes are all taught from carts.
  • The legal requirements force every teacher to have a desk and a filing cabinet. Currently, music, Spanish, and art teachers have their desks crammed into other, unrelated classrooms so they can meet legal requirements.
  • Children have to walk about 15 minutes to the trailers for classes, regardless of the weather.
  • 7 new classrooms including 5 general classrooms, an art classroom, and a music classroom
  • 1 special education classroom
  • 1 small group instruction classroom
  • 2 child study team offices
  • Outdoor improvements such as sidewalks, parking lots and improved access to building (including upgraded entry to increase security and a new canopy and front entrance)
  • Renovated office, work, and support space
  • Air conditioning in all new construction

The additions and renovations are not only improving the students’ quality of education, but also improving the community. The overcrowding is due to the fact that many people want to move to Edison because of the school district. However, if the schools are forced to utilize more trailers and come up with more short-term solutions, less people will want to move to Edison, resulting in the decrease of the value of your home. This referendum will create a better learning environment and continue to positively affect the community.